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Description

Oral history interview of Frank V. Boffi. Interview conducted by Edmund Kallina at his home.

Log

0:20 Basic introduction bio; 0:40 Family: farm and Great Depression; 2:20 His education; 2:45 Working in insurance industry; 3:15 Son and grandchildren; 3:40 Surviving cancer; 4:40 Enlistment in WWII and engagement to wife; 5:40 Boot camp, short duration; 6:20 1st ship and deployment to N. Africa & Italy; 7:30 Midnight run to find gun emplacements (scariest moment); 8:25 Boot camp; 10:40 Ice cream incident; 11:00 Hamuck memories; 11:30 Memory his ship getting hit and reunions; 12:28 Obtaining his profession, mos. in the Navy; 15:00 Old friends and meeting them after the war; 17:30 Working as an engineer in insurance company; 19:30 His education; 20:40 Sicily: always down below, rarely saw action in person; 25:20 Deployed to the Pacific and training involved; 26:30 Swapped to the Pacific due to personal conflict; 27:50 Part-time jobs while waiting for ship to be built; 30:25 Hadley ship—destroyer; 31:30 Relationship with his chiefs; 34:45 Size of crew; 36:00 Indian Joe story; 37:37 saw two Kamikazes; 40:05 Okinawa; 41:00 Shot down 25 enemy planes—record; 42:00 Ship was towed statewide and scrapped; 44:45 His rescue after he was wounded; 47:40 Doctor sent him stateside; 48:30 Re-enlisted in the Navy; 50:30 Got out of the Navy -wife wanted him out; 51:00 Good camaraderie in events after the war; 52:30 Views on him being an American; 52:15 How military service affected his life.

Date of Birth

May 1922

Place of Birth

Cranston (R.I.)

Gender

Male

Race

White - Non Hispanic

Home State

Rhode Island

War or Conflict

World War II; Korean Conflict

Status

Veteran

Entrance into Service

Enlisted

Branch of Service

U.S. Navy

Unit of Service

USS Bernadou DD153, USS Hadley DD 774, USS Brownson DD868, USS Fiske DD842

Location of Service

Atlantic Ocean; Pacific Ocean; North Atlantic; Europe

Highest Rank

Machinist 1st Class Petty Officer; MACH1

Prisoner of War

No

Service Related Injury

Yes

Battles

Sicily, Salerno, Italy; Battle of Anzio; Battle of Okinawa

Medals

Purple Heart; Battle Citation; Unit Citation

Achievements

See the video

Note

Interview topics include family: farm and Great Depression, his education, working in insurance industry; son and grandchildren, surviving cancer, enlistment in WWII and engagement to wife, boot camp, short duration, 1st ship and deployment to N. Africa and Italy, midnight run to find gun emplacements (scariest moment), boot camp, ice cream incident, hamuck memories,memory his ship getting hit and reunions, obtaining his profession, mos. in the Navy, old friends and meeting them after the war, working as an engineer in insurance company, his education, Sicily: always down below, rarely saw action in person, deployed to the Pacific and training involved, swapped to the Pacific due to personal conflict, part-time jobs while waiting for ship to be built, Hadley ship—destroyer, relationship with his chiefs, size of crew, Indian Joe story, saw two Kamikazes, Okinawa, shot down 25 enemy planes—record, ship was towed statewide and scrapped, his rescue after he was wounded, doctor sent him stateside, re-enlisted in the Navy, got out of the Navy—wife wanted him out, good camaraderie in events after the war, views on him being an American, and how military service affected his life. 99% was in Forward Engine Room- Engineering Spaces Control Room

Country of Birth

United States

Interviewer

Kallina, Edmund

Interview Date

10-15-2010

Location of Interview

Dr. Kallina's Home

Subjects

Boffi, Frank V.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES; University of Central Florida

Contributors

Kallina, Edmund

Length of Interview

56 minutes

Publisher

Department of History, University of Central Florida

Type

video / mp4 DVD

Rights

All rights are held by the respective holding institution. This material is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. For permission to reproduce and/or for copyright information contact Special Collections and University Archives, University of Central Florida Libraries, (407) 823-2576. http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/special-collections-university-archives/

Repository

University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type

Interview


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